Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a vibrant organisation, which is fortunate enough to function in a rapidly growing region. Durban’s position as an established economic hub due to its port, together with the current infrastructure development occurring in the region, makes the business sector all the more significant.
The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry has mushroomed, from its small beginnings in 1856 to a substantial association, with a membership of over 3 500 businesses, respected by its sister chambers throughout the country. We continue to add value to our chamber members through our robust interactions and partnerships with both the private and public sector. These initiatives are over and above the many great services offered by the chamber, as well the business information that we distribute to our members, as well as the entire Durban business community.
The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
Founded in 1963, today ICCA is one of the most prominent organisations in the world of international meetings. It is the only association that comprises a membership representing the main specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events.
ICCA’s network of over 950 suppliers to the international meetings industry spans the globe, with members in 88 countries. All companies and organisations which have a strategic commitment to provide top quality products and services for international meetings should consider ICCA membership as part of their long term plans.
The International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC)
AIPC is the industry association for professional convention and exhibition centre managers worldwide. AIPC is committed to encouraging and recognizing excellence in convention centre management, while at the same time providing the tools to achieve such high standards through its research, educational and networking programs.
AIPC occupies a unique position amongst the various organizations that represent the meetings industry. It is a true international organization, with representation from over 53 countries around the world. It focuses specifically on the issues, opportunities and challenges facing convention and exhibition centres. It celebrates and promotes the multicultural dimension of the international meetings industry and the role facilities play in enhancing this. And it maintains close working relations with related industry organizations to ensure members are well connected to overall industry issues.
The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry is the association of trade show organisers, fairground owners, national and international associations of the exhibition industry, and its partners. UFI has more than 600 members from 85 countries, which represent more than 4,500 trade fairs and exhibitions worldwide.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meeting and event industry’s most vibrant global community, helps its members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. MPI membership is comprised of more than 20,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide.
Founded in 1972, MPI is the premier global association community for meeting and event professionals, believes in the unequalled power of events and human connections to advance organizational objectives. MPI believes that meeting and event planners serve a critical role in the success of business, and is committed to giving its members the very best in professional development, business opportunities and a vibrant industry community.
The Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa (EXSA)
EXSA was founded in 1980 as a non-profit organisation representing Venues, Organisers, Exhibition Designers, Stand builders, Service Companies and Associate organisations. Via collective representation, provides a forum for all participants across the spectrum of the exhibition industry.
EXSA adds credibility, status and integrity to its members through membership qualifying criteria and adherence to the Code of Ethics. EXSA protects the interests of its members, exhibitors and visitors to exhibitions.
Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA)
Founded in 1949, FEDHASA is recognised by Government as the official representative of the hospitality industry of South Africa. With industry support FEDHASA, remains the umbrella association for hotels, restaurants, conference centres, caterers, self-catering accommodation, home hosting establishments, clubs, taverns, suppliers and trainers, consultants and service providers to the hospitality industry.
The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI)
Founded in 1987, SAACI is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of efficiency and professionalism for the conference and events industry in Southern Africa. SAACI is aware of the increasing importance of Southern Africa as an international conference destination and is endeavouring to ensure that the industry meets the required standards.
SAACI comprises over 1 250 members from a variety of sectors within the conference industry, including conference venues, conference and event organisers and a large variety of service providers such as audio visual, entertainment, decor, catering services and many more.
Event Greening Forum
The Event Greening Forum (EGF) is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote sustainability within the events sector. The EGF was established through dedication and support of eight industry associations who are recognised as founding members. The founding members are key industry associations working together to promote South Africa as a destination for various types of events. They host educational sessions for industry and lobby government in an effort to implement sustainability principles into the daily operations of the events industry.